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Research Groups, Centers, and Laboratories

There are many active research groups in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, comprised of overlapping sets of faculty members. These research groups are central to our research enterprise. Some of them also serve as broad graduate training areas (Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience, Clinical Science, and Cognition) and others describe groups of faculty with closely aligned research interests which also provide specialized graduate training for students. Click on the links below for more information about the nature and composition of these research groups.

Research Groups

Research Groups and Training Areas
Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience
Clinical Science
Cognitive Control
Developmental Psychopathology
Developmental Science
Health Psychology
Social Psychology
Visual Perception

Programs, Centers, and Institutes

Programs, Centers and Institutes
Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Training Program
DeLTA Center (Development & Learning from Theory to Application)
Iowa Neuroscience Institute


Research topics at a glance

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Research Laboratories

Many faculty maintain their own laboratory web pages that describe their research interests and ongoing projects. Links to these pages are provided below.

Research Laboratories
Lab Director
Addiction and Memory Lab Professor Ryan Lalumiere
Attention & Motor-Perceptual Systems (AMPS) Lab Professor J. Toby Mordkoff
The Blumberg Sleep Development Lab Professor Mark Blumberg
Child Lab Professor Grazyna Kochanska
Clinical-Cognitive Science Lab Professor Teresa Treat
Cognitive Neurology Lab Professor Jan Wessel
Communication, Cognition and Learning Lab Professor Susan Wagner Cook
Development, Experience and Neurocognition Lab Professor Ece Demir-Lira
Developmental Psychopathology Lab Professor Isaac Petersen
Ecological Inference Lab Professor James Traer
Hazeltine Action and Cognition Lab Professor Eliot Hazeltine
Health, Brain & Cognition Lab Professor Michelle Voss
Hwang Lab for Neurocognitive Dynamics Professor Kai Hwang
Iowa ADHD and Development Lab Professor Molly Nikolas
Iowa Vision and Memory Lab Professor Andrew Hollingworth
InCoDe: Infant Communication Development Lab Professor Julie Gros-Louis
Iowa Attention & Perception Lab Professor Cathleen Moore
Jiang Lab for Adaptive Behavior Professor Jiefang Jiang
Judgment, Decision, & Social Comparison Lab Professor Paul Windschitl
Lutgendorf Psychoneuroimmunology Lab Professor Susan Lutgendorf
Mechanisms of Adult and Youth Psychopathology Lab Professor Amanda McCleery
Mechanisms of Audio-visual Categorization Lab Professor Bob McMurray
NAP Lab Professor Benji Baran
Neuroscience of Learning Lab Professor John Freeman
Radley Lab Professor Jason Radley
Perceiving, Acting, & Thinking Lab Professor Jodie Plumert
Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab Professor Dorit Kliemann
Visual Cognition Lab Professor Shaun Vecera
Wasserman Comparative Cognition Lab Professor Edward Wasserman